As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you miss most of your life. ~Buddha
So, this is what I'm working on. I've been working on it for a long time.
I got that piece of advice a few years ago from a dear friend regarding my, at that time, business. What ever you are doing- do it. Be there. Be fully present playing with your kids. Be fully present in working. Be where you are.
I have a bit of an addictive personality. I don't mean that I have ever truly dealt with a debilitating addiction such as drugs or anything like that. But I easily get sucked into things. I used to play SIMS before I had kids and I would get so wrapped up that I would play for hours! I would play at living. How dumb is that?
Electronics are a suck for me. They reel me in. And I use my phone take pictures to document our lives. So, I'm not going to put that one down without a struggle.
But I'm trying to step away. To ignore the ding of the new message. To ignore what every one else is doing on facebook.
I still check. Frequently. But I'm spending less time there. I'm there for a couple of minutes.
And then I'm back to slaying dragons. Or planning a zoo. Or giving belly kisses.
I love those belly kisses.
Now, I can't be fully present when doing anything else. I'm a mom. So, I have little ones hanging off of me and needing me while I make dinner or clean or fold laundry or do anything else.
So, I'm trying to take time for me, too. It's a challenge, but I feel like we need to recharge. We need to be there for ourselves, too.
And now the baby is up. And that belly won't kiss itself.